2006-08-31 / News


The Look’ matters

In a recent View From Here article (“Forget voter turnout, where are the candidates?” Aug. 24, 2006), a “creepy look” attributed to one of our current politicians (in this case, a guy named Dick) was mentioned and it struck such a familiar cord that I need to comment.

Probably many of us have made the same observation, but felt a bit too uncomfortable about feeling a bit uncomfortable and just kept it to ourselves. We always try and dismiss it, saying that looks or outward expressions should be ignored in a search for substance, right? But most of us have learned through experience that if our gut sends a signal of “creepy,” we should at least pay attention, and maybe silently put a hand on our wallet.

It’s the look that you definitely don’t want to see on the face of a used car salesman just after you have signed the contract for a car with an “As Is” clause, or the look on a transmission shop guy (dressed way too well to be a transmission shop guy) after he tells you they have found a problem that will cost a bit more than the original estimate, but is probably fixable. It’s the look you don’t want to see as a funeral home guy tells you that you can go with a standard cement vault, or for a few hundred more get one with improved seals on all openings, or the look on the face of a plumbing or air conditioning guy right after he tells you he has “good news and bad news.”

Now, I am not saying that Jennifer Granholm doesn’t have one of those looks too. Maybe it just gets covered up by some of us who choose to let the intelligent, self­-confident and maybe even hot look of this female exec slide after she replaced a guy with a look that only a grandmother could stomach.

I sure do think, however, that it’s a pretty good thing for a guy named Dick that they don’t put pictures of candidates on ballots. I’m not sure too many of us want to be in a little area with the curtains drawn and see “that look!” -- Bud Meyers, Grand Blanc Twp.


Robertson good

for Grand Blanc

It seems like clockwork. Every two years around election time I start seeing negative attacks on Rep. Dave Robertson. The latest that appeared in the Grand Blanc View (“Need a pro-jobs legislator,” Aug. 24, 2006) recently was the typical rhetoric you'd expect to see from a union official who never met a Democrat he didn't like. I like to judge each candidate by his merits, and Dave has done a good job representing me and the Grand Blanc area.
I was glad to see Dave get recognition from the state chamber for his efforts in promoting jobs. As a small business owner from Grand Blanc, I can tell you that Dave has been receptive to our needs and is looking for ways every day to ensure that other businesses like mine can continue to operate and remain here in Michigan. His recent vote to eliminate the Single Business Tax along with his votes to cute government red tape and lower taxes on small business are just a few examples of his efforts keep job providers in Michigan.
We have to remember that businesses like mine operate on very tight profit margins. I can tell you with certainty that the only way to ensure that we're able to stay in business and hire more people is to lower the costs that we face in this state. It's very simple, and I'm glad that at least Dave understands.
It's unfortunate to see the Grand Blanc View once again become a forum for such negative attacks on Dave, but I guess that's just what you can expect to see from his opponent, who has seen fit to attack Dave personally as well as professionally in this paper in the past in a shameful manner.
Dave has always been available to talk to me personally about the challenges I've faced keeping a business alive in Michigan. I'm going to continue to support Dave Robertson as both a small business owner and as a resident. We need him in Lansing. -- Timothy Beers, Grand Blanc

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